Modus Operandi | The Wild Beer Co.

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The Wild Beer Co.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ADZA on 08-17-2013

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Sludgeman:
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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Church Key. Poured into a small tulip.

Described as a Flanders Red on the menu at Church Key, but listed as an Old Ale in GA. I would agree with the old ale classification as this is nowhere near your typical flanders red. Unfortunately the aroma has much to be desired. 3.75

A – Pours a beautiful, almost iridescent clear garnet. Almost zero head. Good carbonation. 4.5

S – A bit of cough syrup, medicinal. 3

T – My first impression was odd – this beer reminded me of ginger ale – probably because of the flavors combined with the carbonation, but it transitioned very quickly to a mildly sour beer with some residual sweetness. Not as malty as most old ales I have had. 4

MF –Medium light body with a semi-dry finish. 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - these guys might rival Stone in terms of back label verbosity.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent Swiss cheese pattern lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of tart cherries, gritty and grainy cereal malt, faint bittersweet cocoa powder, some oakey woodiness, subtle and earthy funky notes, and red balsamic vinegar. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, a mixed sour fruitiness, musty leather, wet barrel staves, funky red wine, and some gentle earthy yeastiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of generic acridity maybe marring the surface sheen here. It finishes trending dry, the malt ceding the floor to the lingering tart and funky essences.

Overall - this comes across as a pleasantly rendered version of the style, nice and balanced in its complexity. The 14-proof booze quotient is also pretty much undetectable, which is always a good thing to have. Worth checking out, as this is not a common sort of brew to find around my little corner of the world.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Wild Beer Co. "Modus Operandi"
6€ at Domus Birrae, Via Cavour, 88 00184 Roma, Italy on 30 November 2015 (no freshness dating)

Appearance: Clear mahogany brown body beneath a fizzy tan head that drops almost immediately and subsequently leaves little lacing (which is OK for a sour beer). The yeast pour will leave particles in suspension.

Aroma: tart but not so funky with leather and metal, plum, cherry, tart apple, damp earth.

Flavor: Flavor is as the aroma suggests with amplified fruit and the addition of oak. The oak balances the tart fruit nicely. Refreshingly sharp and lightly zesty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium / crisp & acidic.

Overall: I'm quite surprised this has been rated so low on BeerAdvocate as it's really quite charming.

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Photo of brianthebadger
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Acuity
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamFuel
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky reddish brown, with almost no head.

Smell is tart, with lots of red currants and cherries. Toffee and a hint of leather follows.

Taste begins very oaky, with some vanilla. After that comes some tart currants and a slightly odd bitterness. Finish is vinous, almost a bit coarse.

Body is quite thin, with almost no carbonation.

This was kind of a weird one. Smells like a Rodenbach, but the taste is nowhere near as sour, and comes across more like a red wine mixed with beer. Interesting, though.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on December 27, 2014.

The pour is attractive with its brown tone and reddish hues leading up to a tremendous, soft silky tan head.

The aroma is of toasted malts, nuts, clean hops and just enough of a sour punch to let me know that is what it is.

Smooth medium body.

The taste also has a yeasty, biscuity note more so than the sour. There is a light pucker-up character to it but that's the way sours are.

Sours are usually low on my list I go looking beers but this one is more approachable for me. But a tad pricey where I bought it.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light red brown into a tulip. No lacing, with no head really forming.

Smells oaky, with some peach, light vinegar, and red wine.

Tastes pretty good. Brown sugar, oak, red wine, peach, pear, woodsy funk, vanilla, slight alcohol.

Medium bodied mouthfeel, very low almost flat carbonation.

An interesting twist on an Old Ale, would continue to try beers from this brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Torst in Brooklyn. Kicked the keg with my pour. Deep amber brown with massive head. Big Brett aromas with slight malty sweet chocolate notes. Taste is slightly brett..but mostly cocoa with a bit of dried fruit. Its not sweet but you almost expect it to be. Its so smooth its insane. Almost like poured from nitro. ..but being at Torst it was obviously poured at proper whatever...
overall it has great aromas..great look, nice flavor, and great mouthfeel but for some reason I feel like its missing something. But I really do enjoy it. Nice brew.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Modus Operandi from The Wild Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 103 ratings